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Meet Your Ambassadors

KAI
DES MOINES, IOWA

My name is Kai (rhymes with hi) and I am excited to be an ambassador for Des Moines. I am originally from Washington D.C. and was not raised in an environment that promoted being outdoors. I never hiked as a kid. Camping was out of the question. We were city people. Asphalt was our thing, not sleeping bags.

Years later I met my husband, Corey. He is a Midwestern man, through and through. It was with him that I experienced my first trip camping. He convinced me to trying primitive camping at Red Rock Lake in Iowa. I didn’t have anything ‘outdoorsy’ to wear so I wore a pink dress. It was a campsite that we had to bike to and I complained. We had coffee the next day and I was pissed that there was no creamer.

I was not prepared for my first time camping. I wasn’t prepared mentally, emotionally, or clothing wise. I hated camping. It was outside of my comfort zone. However, I pushed through. I went camping again. I made better decisions regarding what I wore. I made sure that I had creamer. I was more prepared. Since then I have fallen in love with being outside. It gives my introverted soul piece.

I tell the story of my first time camping with the hopes that anyone who is not sure about Women on Adventures can understand that this group is about growth. We don’t expect anyone to be an expert on the outdoors. And that resonates with me.  

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MICHELLE
DES MOINES, IOWA

Hi.  I’m Michelle.  I recently moved back to Des Moines, IA, I was previously a WOA member here and during a stint living in St. Petersburg, FL I lead a WOA Outpost there. Upon my return to IA I was happy to help lead the outpost I was once a member of.

I spent the majority of my adult life as a single parent of two wonderful boys.  Time and budgets were limited and spending time outside was always a great inexpensive way for my kids to run off energy as well as spend time together as a family.  I used to watch their fearlessness as they climbed rocks and trees.

When they grew up and moved out I was searching for ways to enrich my life and came across Women on Adventures.  Women on Adventures gave me the opportunity to meet so many different women from so many different backgrounds. It gave me the opportunity to overcome my fears.  It gave me the confidence I needed to move across the country and start a new life.

I am excited to help lead this amazing, positive, encouraging group of women.  I look forward to meeting new people, learning new things and exploring new adventures.